It's times like this I almost wish jail sentences weren't served concurrently.
It's times like this I almost wish jail sentences weren't served concurrently.
Lord Justice Leveson is "loading a gun" for the newspaper industry according to Chris Blackhurst, editor of The Independent.
He was reacting to letters sent by the inquiry to give prior notice of possible criticism in the final report. Mr Blackhurst said he was shocked by the document, which he described as "a damning indictment of my industry".
Lord Justice Leveson said he was disappointed details of the private letters were being "openly discussed".
Hearings for the media ethics inquiry, which was prompted by the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, closed at the end of July, with 650 witnesses testifying in person or in writing.
The correspondence, known as a Rule 13 letter, was sent to all national newspaper groups and major regional companies. They provide an opportunity for those facing possible criticism to respond in advance of the report's publication.
Chris Blackhurst told BBC Radio 4's The Media Show that he could not discuss the specific contents of the letter for legal reasons but it was "a point by point demolition of the industry".
"The best way I can describe it is he's loading a gun, and this document - well over 100 pages - is all the ammunition. And believe you me there is plenty of ammunition, you read the ammunition and you just gulp."
He said he felt "shock and anger" at how "one-sided" the letter was, calling it "a diatribe" that "throws the book at the industry".
Some of the criticisms in the document were, he said, "certainly justified" but others "raise eyebrows" and did not bear any relation to practices at his paper or other titles at his "end of the market".
"The fact is that newspapers are an adornment to our society. We would be lost without them," he added.
"Story after story, scandal after scandal has been broken by newspapers, not by anybody else. That simply is not reflected in this document."
A spokesman for the inquiry said: "Lord Justice Leveson is disappointed that the contents of confidential letters that he has written are being openly discussed in the press."
"He wants to make it clear that all recipients of these letters - which are issued in accordance with Rule 13 of the Inquiry Rules 2006 - are obliged by this confidence."
"These letters are a standard part of inquiry procedures and give private notice of possible criticism in order that recipients can respond before any concluded view is reached," he added.
"By their nature such letters are, of course, one-sided documents and are not intended (as it makes clear) to deal with the positive aspects of the activities of the press: plainly, no warning is necessary for that purpose."
The press leaking stuff sent to them by Leveson which is meant to be confidential isn't exactly going to make him give them a favourable report.
Meanwhile, back at the former News of the World...
News International's former legal adviser Tom Crone has been arrested at his home in south-west London by police investigating phone hacking.
The 60-year-old was arrested at 06:45 BST on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications contrary to Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.
He is being interviewed at a south London police station.
The Met launched Operation Weeting into phone hacking last year. A total of 25 people have been arrested so far.
Operation Weeting runs parallel to an inquiry into corrupt payments by journalists to public officials.
Last month it was announced that eight people, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, would face a total of 19 charges relating to phone hacking.
The two ex-News of the World editors are to be charged in connection with the accessing of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone messages.
They are among seven of the now-defunct paper's former staff facing charges of conspiring to intercept voicemails.
The phone-hacking allegations led to the closure of the News of the World in July 2011 and the setting up of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.
Last edited by Rodj Blake; August 30 2012 at 01:18:16 PM.
As far as warning letters go:
It implies that the letter shouldn't be disclosed to anyone other than legal representative. Anyone able to clarify how this sort of phraseology normally works?Warning letters
- The chairman may send a warning letter to any person—
- he considers may be, or who has been, subject to criticism in the inquiry proceedings; or
- about whom criticism may be inferred from evidence that has been given during the inquiry proceedings; or
- who may be subject to criticism in the report, or any interim report.
- The recipient of a warning letter may disclose it to his recognised legal representative.
- The inquiry panel must not include any explicit or significant criticism of a person in the report, or in any interim report, unless—
- the chairman has sent that person a warning letter; and
- the person has been given a reasonable opportunity to respond to the warning letter.
Last edited by Glyken Touchon; August 31 2012 at 09:30:25 AM.
What I'm wondering about is if the report will finally topple Hunt. And if Hunt this coalition as well.
Because, frankly, I doubt Leveson is only loading a gun for the newspapers.
I doubt Leveson wrote a specific letter to each editor of a newpapers. I think it safe to assume the 100 page criticism is general for all media, lumping the Independent with the Sun et al.
Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
It's a bit dickish to hold the guys door open like that and try and put word in his mouth, even if the target in question was also a dick.
Since it doesn't yet seem to have been mentioned here, there is evidence to suggest that the NotW branched out from mere phone hacking and decided to try their hand at a spot of burglary as well: http://www.independent.co.uk/hei-fi/...internalSearch
Word on the grapevine is that the burglaries targeted two groups of people - those who might provide material for stories, and those who could be blackmailed to further Murdoch's aims. If the latter accusation is substantiated, things will get really interesting...Detectives have evidence which suggests a notorious private detective agency carried out a burglary while working for the News of the World.
In the latest twist to the phone-hacking scandal, a police intelligence report indicates that Southern Investigations, based in south London, targeted the home of a newsworthy individual in an attempt to dig up salacious information.
Several public figures whose voicemail messages were hacked by the newspaper, including the actor Hugh Grant and Paul Stretford, Wayne Rooney's former agent, fell victim to break-ins where nothing was stolen. The Labour frontbencher Chris Bryant and other MPs are thought to have been similarly targeted.
Last edited by Tsubutai; September 19 2012 at 03:05:27 PM.
Let's start a party of our own
A victory for the Murdochs today.
OFCOM has ruled that BSkyB is sufficiently fit and proper to hold a broadcasting licence.
from the BBC page:
Given that there are ongoing proceedings, I find it strange that OFCOM actually made a ruling, because once those cases hit courtrooms people may try to pass the buck up the hierarchy."Ofcom considers that, on the evidence currently available and having taken into account all the relevant factors, Sky is fit and proper to hold its broadcast licences."
Ofcom said, however, that "should further evidence become available" it may review the issue. Criminal investigations into phone hacking continue and several court cases involving senior executives from News International are pending.
This isn't so much a win for Murdock, this is a stay of execution. I'm not too worried, if the buck actually gets passed up the hierarchy, and 'new shit comes to light', I have no doubt OFCOM will review the issue again.
Any solid proof about these scandal???i do not talk about the media, newspaper proof.... today media is just working at the scandal of the celebrities, not confirm reports they have....in short word i do not believe in media...thanks
Last edited by Harmono; September 22 2012 at 06:02:56 PM.